What is the change? Bangalore is now requiring foreign nationals to submit a form from their landlord, hotel or other accommodation when they register with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office, extend their current visa or apply for exit permits.

What does the change mean? Foreign nationals in Bangalore must file Form C, as it is called, when registering with the Bangalore Foreigner Regional Registration Office or applying for a visa extension. Bangalore joins Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and other jurisdictions in implementing the requirement.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: FRRO registration and visa extension.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals in Bangalore.
  • Impact on processing times: Foreign nationals must obtain the form from their landlords or hotel and register with the FRRO within 14 days of arrival.
  • Next steps: The form is a requirement in many jurisdictions in India, including those listed above, and is expected to become mandatory throughout the country.

Background: India has rolled out the requirement in phases over the past three years to better track the whereabouts of foreign nationals. The form is now available online to make it easier for landlords to fill out.

BAL Analysis: The landlord requirement is a way for authorities to better track foreigners and prevent them from overstaying their visas. Those with questions about whether the requirement has been implemented in their jurisdiction should contact their BAL professional.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in India. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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